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Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con

by Nintendo


Features

Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories
One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter


Description

Introducing Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.

PLAY ANYWHERE

Home Gaming System

At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room.

On-the-Go

Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up.

New Play Styles

Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles:

  • One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand
  • Two players can each take one
  • Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options (additional Joy-Con sold separately)
  • Slip a set of Joy-Con into a Joy-Con grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Bring together up to 8 Nintendo Switch systems for local face-to-face multiplayer.


Customers Reviews

Fantastic concept and execution, its becoming even better with maturity.

5.0 out of 5.0 by KF Mush on March 20, 2017
UPDATE: Without spending too much time back-treading over my review, I’m changing my review to 5 stars (from 4) for the following reasons:

1) the screen has never gotten a scratch after hundreds of hours of use. Even with some fairly casual handling a couple of drops. Not a scratch. Maybe I’m lucky, but IMO, the plastic seems sufficiently durable.

2) The joy-con connectivity problem is well-sorted at this point.

3) Online play is cheap enough to not be a bother ($20/year) and I can’t make judgments until it goes live.

4) I don’t know if I’d call this console “cheap” anymore. For its price point, it is extremely sturdy and well-made.

5) The library is growing fast, with great content. A good library is an important point for a console.

6) Most importantly: It is my all-time favorite gaming system. I’m a Nintendo fan, for sure, but I’ve been primarily a PC gamer for the past few years. I hardly play PC games much right now.

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A flawed system that is well built.

4.0 out of 5.0 by Mike G on March 8, 2017
So, despite my complaints I bit the bullet and got the Nintendo Switch, which I'll likely be selling my WiiU to make up the difference for that mess. ANYWAY I wanted to get my thoughts out after actually getting my hands on the device.

It's a surprisingly well built machine, it's the first tablet I've seen with screws that would allow you to open it up to change the battery if it were to fail. The joycons feel really well built, and it's nice that you can sit back with your hands not together with normal controllers, especially if you're like me and have wide shoulders and a barreled chest. My hands are medium sized with sausages for fingers and over all I have little issue with the joycons. The biggest issue I have is the minus button on the left joycon, I cannot for the life of me reach to hit it with my thumb, I gotta use my other hand. The "dpad", is as a I thought not great. For all the Nintendo fanatics insisting "you need to try it to know" no, I didn't, it's 4 face buttons and not a pivoting dpad. It works fine for menus but it's functionality is minimal at best for platformers.

The buttons are click-y and nice overall and the sticks function well. Obviously something like the XB1/PS4/WiiUPro sticks are better for precision but, for a portable/non portable device? Totally serviceable, though if you have bigger hands you may not like the right analog stick location unless you're using the included joycon holder thing.

The screen is lovely, it's 720p but obviously when the game is scaled to match the device's screen it works nicely. Seeing the game at 900p on my 1080p TV isn't as bad as everyone makes it to be, maybe it's just Breath of the Wild's cell shaded art style (no other games to really try this with either) but it certainly isn't ugly as I've heard. Maybe on a 4k TV it's harder to swallow, I don't know. Speaking of which, the transition is pretty swift, put it into the dock, it's instantly on the TV, something I've wanted for YEARS.

Okay, I've sounded pretty positive, but now I'm going to talk about the flaws to this device, and they can be pretty severe depending on what you want to do with the unit.

The dock is a cheap pile of garbage, it's mostly hollow, really light, okay-feeling plastic. It looks nice, even hides your cables but there's one other major flaw with this. There's sliders to help guide the tablet into the dock, they are hard plastic and WILL SCRATCH YOUR SCREEN. How you ask? The screen isn't glass, it's a soft plastic that you can easily, easily scratch. Got a 3DS? It's like that. You absolutely need a screen protector, so get your credit card ready because there's more than that 10 bucks you'll be spending.

The internal storage is less than 32GB after formatting, system/game updates. Do not bother with saving games here, find a microSD card, make sure it's a fast one and get no less than 64GB. Games range from 4GB to around 30GB. You'll probably want one off amazon since I've seen 128GB cards go on sale for 50 or less.

The battery life is awful. I'm sure there's someone reading this who'll leap to defend it. If people mock the Game Gear for crap battery life, this thing lasts less than even that device playing something like Breath of the Wild. 2.5-3 hours, if you have a full, new, battery. So, more money spending if you're a mobile person! Because you can purchase a USB-C battery bank and play on the go, which is obviously less than ideal. Game Gear offered the same option and it's still dumb 20 years later.

The kickstand is useless, it's, so, useless. I have a Surface Pro 4 and had a SP2 which yes is a more expensive device but the kickstand being my point goes across the entire back flush and shouldn't be too hard. Also, if you want to play and charge in tablet mode? You can't because the USB-C port is on the bottom of the unit, meaning it can't sit while you play unless you, you guessed it, buy a stand. Or if you have a 3D printer I'm sure you can swing that.
The device is huge, if you're going to travel, you want some kind of case. There's a few of them online I've seen, all gigantic rivaling the size of the Atari Lynx model 1. This isn't really avoidable since it does have a big (and lovely) screen and the controllers fit on the sides, even if you take them off you still need to store them.

The clips that snap onto the sides of the joycons are a huge problem, it's really easy to mix them up and put them on wrong and...well just youtube how to fix it because, with a tool it's easy to get off. Otherwise, you may be stuck till you get one.

It's not a perfect system but it's getting a lot of flack I don't think it deserves. Don't get me wrong it's bloody flawed, down to the accessories being way too expensive. But if you want one, and you MUST have one, it's not a purchase I think you'd have to be ashamed of.

Rumors to talk about:
-No, the Switch doesn't get too hot. Your phone during a game could get more hot than this. 2+hours docked playing Breath of The Wild and it was very warm, and it won't get that warm when in handheld mode as trying that it was even less warm.

-The analog sticks are fine, I don't have any issues with them. They're not strange like the PSP or 3DS, they tilt and everything. The Dpad is not great though.

-The build quality on the joycons and actual tablet is damn nice. It's more so than the new 3DS XL. Nothing feels flimsy and the joycons do not pivot or bend on the sides of the unit. I've seen a youtube vid of a guy doing so, he dun' messed up because held even at the VERY edges of the joycons, no problem. Held by one joycon, it works fine.

-The dock does not add any special CPU or up-scaling. The dock simply provides extra power/electricity and a video out, the switch recognizes it and increases it's own CPU/GPU clockspeed. Different games will react differently. Breath of the Wild runs at 900p in docked mode vs 720p and has slightly better texture filtering at a distance.
Something to keep in mind that there's no standard for how this works with games, Dragon Quest Heroes demo (japan only) runs at 1080p 30fps (with a lot of slowdown) in docked mode and 720p and the framerate is terrible (worse than the vita version) to the point it's unplayable. (at time of writing, digital foundry did a frame analysis, demo / full release may be different. Please consider the date of this review)

-I said the kickstand is very useless and I stand by that, but it is not like a certain hardware review site depicts. Your Switch doesn't become possessed and slam itself over like one of those really goofy commercials featuring comically clumsy people. If you have a stable, flat surface it's passable. You should be very careful with it still as it's not stable on it's own. The kickstand will spring off of it (this is a GOOD thing) if pressed on so it does not break inside the unit, you can literally clip it back on.

-Yes, the dock will scratch unprotected screens. So, like any other device you buy with an exposed screen it is worth purchasing something for this because even without the dock potentially scratching your screen, it's plastic build will surely get scratched with general use, by your bag, etc.

-No, the Switch doesn't easily slide into the dock as they depict in commercials where it's super swift, you lower the Switch in carefully to not damage the USB-C at the bottom, awkwardly work to get the 2 buttons on the back of the joycons to eject them and pull them off. It's a very simple & pretty easy solution, but the way they advertised it? Not THAT easy.

-No, generic USB-C hubs with video out will not allow you to bypass the dock, there's some form of confirmation chip put in the dock to prevent this. If you want TV-out (at time of writing) this is the only way to do it.

-Cartridges have load times, they are not special magical storage devices. There's many misinformed weirdos who assume this still since...I don't know the PS/N64 days. Games have to load into memory and even Zelda sports some decent load times upon death. However they are not nearly as bad as many PS4 titles (Bloodborne and it's 30-40 second load times). I would say if you have played a 3DS game that's had to load, it's like that. (Resident Evil Revelations, Monster Hunter Generations, 7th Dragon 3: Code VFD<=please play this game if you like RPGS)

Nintendo did a pretty good job, there's some major flaws about the unit, but that said I think I could list some issues with the PS4 in a proper review. (Low HDD space, huge installs, crap load times, crap battery life on the controllers).

There's NO reason to get the Switch with this all said at the moment. It's the launch of the device, with a whopping ...what, 9 games? Only Breath of the Wild is a must have as well as Shovel Knight and the rest are either not interesting or too expensive (Bomberman). There's no virtual console list of SNES titles or whatever.

In maybe a few months when Sonic Mania & “Other Sonic Game” come out, along with Mario Kart 8 & Splatoon 2 (hopefully Freedom Planet 2) come out, yeah it'd be worth getting. But, the other thing to then consider is if you're gonna play these games online...You're gonna be forking out online fees.

Again, I will stress that the hardware, though flawed is still solidly built. If you absolutely, must have this to play Zelda portable. You will have a nice, versitile machine that will get you by. However many games are months away and though you can probably get over 100 hours of fun+ out of it, I don't like buying consoles on 1 game. (I bought mine for Disgaea 5, Zelda, Sonic, Freedom Planet 2 (possibly) and other interesting indie titles. Wish there was METROID but you know whatever.) Zelda runs fine in the WiiU if you have that.

Disclosure: I bought my own Switch and copy of Breath of the Wild. I'm not the kind of person who buys games or devices based on a company. I have PS1-4, PSP, Sega Genesis+CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Game Gear, SNES, Gamecube, Wii, WiiU, Switch, GBA SP+New3DSXL, a Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Please review the date this review was written or edited before commenting about a feature or game running differently, games and hardware are frequently updated and I am not constantly waiting for updates & diligently testing every single one.

Update:
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Okay it's been awhile, I've gotten a few games for the unit including: Sonic Mania, Bayonetta 1 & 2, Disgaea 5, DOOM, Fire Emblem Warriors, Wonder Boy, Kamiko, Blaster Master Zero also two games I sold: Resident Evil Revelations & Mario Kart 8.

The device itself:
Has held up really well. I'd say I use it 80% in handheld mode and have done a good amount of multiplayer with it on the TV. It's a chunky unit to be sure so getting a case is more needed than I might have stated- even if you have a backpack. The kicks makes sit down play still annoying so you're better off with the assembled unit there. Seriously another kickstand or one across the back would have been great. But overall it's fine! The dock as hollow lame as it is isn't giving me any trouble, the joycons I'll get to in a bit but everything works fine.

My prediction was right and the 25GB of the available 32GB is simply not enough even when buying physical games. Many games either have updates, patches or worse entire games to download onto the unit. DOOM has huge updates adding to around 10GB and Bayonetta & Resident Evil Revelations are not collections on carts as they demand you download the non-included game which are both over 9GB each. So that added expense of a memory card can be firmly pushed to a 64GB MINIMUM if you want to get any longevity out of it. I got a 128GB with only about 94 being left and I primary buy games physical.
Biggest issue here is, as of this update you still cannot back up your save games in anyway. You can't save them to the microSD card or a cloud save. So if something happens to your Switch you're forced to let nintendo repair it and you have to hope they can recover your data. This is a BIG problem and I hope they sort it soon.

I've seen some people complain of overheating, I can't say I've seen anything like this. It'll get toasty at best but in TV mode it's sat fairly in the open and runs quite happily. In portable I can't say it got super hot either since I hear the fan kick in and it just keeps playing as usual. Also, no, the Switch hasn't bent or warped. It's doing quite well and honestly just open the back of your dock and you'll probably make it way cooler when playing.

The battery isn't great. It's around Game Gear levels of performance depending on the game you play. Some light 2D games? Sure it'll give you probably 5+ hours if you turn off wifi and the brightness down. But DOOM much like Breath of The Wild will eat your battery in 3-4 hours annnnnd this isn't helped by the Switch's power supply not being able to charge the unit fully while playing these games. It just can't power the game and charge fast at the same time.
So, it's okay. Just ...could be better and you'll probably either want your power cord if you're out long or possibly a battery.

The joycons:
I wanted this to be separate since this seems to be a sore spot for some people. The joycons are pretty darn good! They might be the best portable controls I've had the pleasure of using given we have everything we need with only a bit of compromises here and there ..and one big one. They'll do the job in most circumstances and for me didn't usually get in the way. I found aiming to be harder in DOOM vs other controllers, just not enough sensitivity for longer range, precision aiming? I can't say. They just don't work as well- but they're still fine and will get you through. Bayonetta had me worried since some quick time events really have you having to roll the stick pretty fast. But no issues yet!

Split joycons is ...serviceable. I don't have massive hands but you don't want to play with them split for very long. In Fire Emblem Warriors you're lacking all the buttons you need for the game and have to turn to the menu for some options that aren't there for this gameplay mode. If your friend pops over and you wanna play something for a bit ? Yeah it'll do you for a bit. But I'm sure one of you will bow out before you'd like to because of hand cramp city. Thankfully it's SUPER easy for you to pair joycons from friends. They just gotta attach them to your Switch for a second, paired, done. This, is, great!

The 'd-pad' or lack there of is a sore spot. It works, it's not great, it's not really good but because Nintendo decided to go with a split 4 button d-pad it makes some games (fighters) very hard to play or platformers feeling a bit awkward since you can't rock the dpad smoothly and instead are jumping to buttons. A regular dpad would be preferred, I really hate that this isn't an option (besides mods and a 3rd party half working accessory).
Yes, I KNOW why they went with a split dpad, it doesn't make the portable experience any better and unfortunately makes playing games less entertaining. No, the pro or any other controller does not solve this in portable mode. It's a compromise that has left portable gaming worse off and local-split joycon play awkward at best.

Overall:
I'm really happy with the unit, I'm critical on it here and there but overall it's a great gaming experience when portable and even with requiring some extras to get going (screen protector, micro SD card, case. If you can snag it or these things for a discount it's a solid little system. The devs seem to really be concerned about performance and getting games running at 60fps or at least a stable as possible 30.
Games look really good, even if the res gets dropped hard in titles like DOOM they got some fancy tricks to make it still look really nice. I mean, a tablet, playing DOOM- that's awesome.

Should you get one? Easy answer: Look up a list of games for it and if you find a good number of titles that you want/must have then sure, go for it. Just remember to get the accessories I recommend and you'll be golden.
A Very Awesome System to Own

5.0 out of 5.0 by R.C. Davidson on November 1, 2017
In a world where console manufacturers are trying to get their systems to run games at 4K resolution, Nintendo once again pitches a curve-ball, and it seems to have worked for them. Instead of trying to be more powerful than the others, they instead went for making a gaming tablet that can really play console quality games on the go. Let me preface this review by saying that I already reviewed this product once, but decided to write another one because I only reviewed it when I only had it for a few days, with the only game I had at the time being Puyo Puyo Tetris, even though Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was the hot meal ticket at the time. Things have also came up during the first year alone that could make or break the console later on in it's lifetime, so I thought they would be important to know.

First of all, the system itself has a pretty good design to it, and I think Nintendo made some great decisions with it. The system basically looks like your regular, everyday tablet, and unlike the Wii and Wii U, they did not add any glossy plastic to it, so in my opinion, it sure does look better. The screen is also a real beauty when playing in portable mode, which is my way to play, and that's despite the fact that it's a 720p screen, which should help with expectations since the system is running a mobile processor. Now, unlike what would've been the competitor the PlayStation Vita, the Nintendo Switch uses the most standard mediums you could think of, and those things are USB Type-C and Micro SD cards. In fact, you may even have these two thing already. While USB Type-C isn't exactly growing on trees, these cables are getting closer and closer to becoming the standard, and Micro SD cards are relatively cheap, which is good since the internal storage is only 32 GBs. Luckily, the games don't require installation unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, because the games come in cartridges. While I do like these cartridge for this reason, they do have one issue, other than the small size, and that's that they don't have that much storage, up to 32 GBs, and are likely more expensive than disks. I bring this up, because a few games will require a separate download, such as NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, L.A. Noire, and DOOM 2016 if you want multiplayer. These games will include a notice saying that it's required, except for DOOM that has the whole singleplayer on the cart itself, but hopefully those 2 TB micro SD cards will come soon. The Switch also has a flimsy kickstand, and sometimes, it doesn't like to stay closed. Still though, I think the Switch itself is well designed.

The dock is also a great addition. What the dock does is that when you put the Switch in it, you can then play your games on a TV, in which the Switch itself will upscale the game to a higher resolution since it's plugged into a power source other than the battery. It also has three USB ports, one of which being USB 3.0, and the back closes up for better cable management. I would say to get a screen protector, preferably glass, since the dock may scratch your Switch screen.

The controller(s), a.k.a. the Joy-Cons, also provides some versatility to the system. They slide into place on the sides of the Switch, but with the features included, there are many ways to play. First is the basic console layout, which can be played apart or with the include "Comfort Grip." These thing can be quite comfortable, especially when on the Switch or apart, but the Comfort Grip, while decent, can feel quite small due to the fact the stick is not angled like other systems. The Joy-Cons can also be a quick and easy way to play two player games such as Rayman Legends and Snipperclips, which actually works well with it's sudo-SNES layout. The Joy-Cons also include motion control. While I haven't played games that take advantage of this feature completely, such as Arms and 1-2-Switch, they can still be used for games like Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2, and it works well. The system also has a Pro controller option, but it's a good $10 more than rival controllers. If you plan to play the Switch in console mode more than portable, though, it may not be a bad idea to get one, or maybe an alternative like J&Top's controller or 8Bitdo's SNES 30 Pro when it comes out if your strapped for cash or cheap.

Lastly, let's look at the most important thing for a system, and that's the games, and man, Nintendo knocked it out of the park this time around, and we're not even done with it's first year yet (at least when this review was posted anyway). The Switch is not only a great system for indie games, which there is a lot of, but there are also great games released such as Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Sonic Mania, Splatoon 2, etc., and there are still games coming out such as DOOM, not the original but the 2016 version, L.A. Noire, Wolfenstien 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The main problem would be that the selection will just drain your wallet dry, there's just so much available out right now. They also barely have any drawbacks compared to other systems. For example, games like DOOM and Sonic Forces run at 30 FPS, while other's just have lower resolutions. The only completely gimped games I think of are FIFA, which is specifically made for Switch but keeps out a few modes in other versions, and even though some people say NBA 2K18 is a decent port, I will still consider it gimped since the online only MyCareer mode just makes the Switch version pointless. Just remember that this is basically a decently powerful tablet, so expectations should be in check, but I think the portability does give you a reason to buy the Switch version to a game.

For as long as I had my Switch, since late June, I have had a great time with my Switch. Not only does it have great games within it's first year, but it's a very versatile system, and the portability factor is not only the icing on the cake, but the whole cake. The system is great for fans of Nintendo and people who live busy lives and don't have time to play games.
I was wrong, glad to be wrong, Switch is a winner.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Logain UT Ablar on October 13, 2017
There is no other way to put this but Switch is hands down on of the greatest gaming devices I've ever owned. It's a console portable hybrid that can run games at 60 frames per second (FPS) in HD resolution. This may not seem like a big deal to some but consider that the best portable gaming devices launched prior never came close to this level of performance, even the PS Vita. As a console, Switch in docked mode is more powerful than PS3, XBox 360 and WiiU but not as powerful as Xbox 1 and PS4. So it sits in a middle tier between the generations. But to actually see the level of quality of titles such Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fast RMX and Splatoon 2 for example, it's clear to see Switch is the real deal. I even imported Monster Hunter XX from the Japanese eShop and there is absolutely no way I can go back to playing Monster Hunter on 3DS or anything less than HD resolution. The comments of portable gaming's demise in favor of smartphones and tablets has been greatly exaggerated. You will not find gaming as good as Switch on any mobile device unless it streams PC games (see: Shield Tablets). As a console, Switch performs well but don't go in expected as good or better performance than PS4 and Xbox 1 with ported titles. Switch exclusives shine brighter in this regard and rightfully so as those games are built specifically for Switch as opposed to be shoehorned on Switch from PS4 and Xbox1. I primarily play in portable mode but I have used the Switch docked connected to a 65 inch 4K TV and a 7.1 surround sound system and it was truly impressive. Awe-inspiring with the ease and speed of switching from portable to docked mode. I highly recommend Switch for gamers that like indie titles and Nintendo first and second party software, gamers that like to game on-the-go and those looking for something different.

In a nutshell
Positives:
Great design
up to 720p HD support at 60 FPS in portable mode. up to 1080p at 60FPS in docked mode.
Great sound even in portable mode with some Dolby Support.
Joy con HD rumble isn't a gimmick, it actual is better than traditional force feedback.
Two people can play on one Switch using a Joy Con each.
No region lock meaning Japanese games will run on a UK, Canadian or American Switch.
Best multitasking yet on a Nintendo device.
Online play is straight forward but stable and still a lot of fun.

Negatives:
Limited storage in the Switch is dismal (32GBs only 25GBs usable)
The purchase of a large capacity mSD card is a necessity and adds to the cost of entry. (I recommend at least 200GB)
Buying games on cards can get expensive, sometimes more expensive than they should be due to the cost of goods to manufacture them.
Nintendo online services still sucks bad. No native online chat, no dynamic friends list, no messaging, no trophies.
The Switch phone app is a bad alternative for services that should have been on the Switch.
The voice chat options are so terrible it's funny.
Virtual Console is totally MIA
No cloud save support.
JoyCon charger isn't included in the package.
Online play is free but only for a limited time.

Yes, this is a lot of negatives for sure and yes, initially, I disliked the Switch due to the negatives. Nintendo yet again has blatantly ignored industry standards to implement their own features that aren't as good as they should be. But when you play Switch and view it as solely a gaming unit without some of the bells and whistles available on other systems, it is a game changer providing methods of play that haven't been seen before with a level of quality that have never been reached before (in portable mode).
Loving it- updated, most recent thoughts at bottom

4.0 out of 5.0 by EAS_64 on July 10, 2017
Very satisfying to use. I've always been a handheld man, but have enjoyed the occasional console game (or handheld port thereof) for the sheer scope and detail. My main problem with console games, and the reason I can never seem to get up the will to play, is that I can't take them with me. Life calls me elsewhere, and I inevitably leave them behind. My Nintendo handhelds, however, get lots of love and lots of use because they can come with wherever I go.

Needless to say, I love having a... whatever you want to call this combination. As expected, being a console, it sucks power from the battery (which is actually bigger than my drone's, in capacity) faster than a pure handheld. As a console, its graphics are never going to e photorealistic in 4k, because it's a handheld. Tradeoffs and compromises: you can hear about these in any Switch review that's thorough enough to address them.

But I like this large handheld/small console because it delivers on the "switch" feature: I can play it on TV and when I need to go somewhere, I can simply lift it from the dock, put on the Joycons (more comfortable to use in any configuration than they look) and take it with me.

Too large to fit in my pockets with Joycons attached, I can still get it in one with them detached and in a different pocket or elsewhere.
Uh... miscellaneous thoughts:
Get a screen protector. Tempered glass. Feels nice to the touch.
Haven't run out of battery once yet, even playing Zelda for 2+ hours handheld (I use about half brightness on any of my electronics, and on it this Switch screen still works well outside, unless in direct mid-day sun). Batteyr lasts longer on indie games or things that aren't Zelda.
Switch gets warmer when docked and playing, but it's never harmed itself or felt dangerously hot to me. As a handheld, not even Zelda heats it up that I've noticed, except that one spot behind the kickstand where the case is thinnest.

Not sure how helpful this review is, but I do know I'm loving my new game system, and if you get it for MSRP, I highly recommend trying some of these games. Here's looking forward to more games than either Wii U or 3DS had, since as I understand it they're now the same department in Nintendo.

TL;DR version: Loving it. Imperfect console, but the early hardware glitches seem ironed out. Room for improvement in future revisions, but I'm left wondering why no one built a first-party portable console like this long ago. I hope everybody makes portable versions of their systems as at least an option in the future.

Update July 12 2017: Found out that the Joycons have a little recessed power button right where they slide in to the grip or tablet. If one of your Joycons suddenly isn't responding or even lighting up when you press its buttons, give this little button a press to check that it's not just somehow been turned off. Happened to me by accident, storing the Switch as a handheld with one Joycon on the bottom.

Update August 25, 2017: It has now been on vacation with me as a handheld, starting the day Sonic Mania came out. Its battery life is pretty dang good with sprite-based games like Sonic: battery lasted 5 hours before arriving at the vacation house and plugging it in at 36%. Wi-Fi in the vacation house was weak on my phone and laptop, and was rarely detected by the Switch- so do note, it's not the most powerful reciever, but if your wi-fi is at least 50% connection strength, it'll likely work just fine.

The high humidity of northern Wisconsin by the Great Lakes in the summer caused me some concern at first, but even under the load of Zelda, the moisture in the air didn't cause the system any problems.

I still don't see the need to buy a Pro controller, being a handheld kind of guy, but I still enjoy kicking back with the Joycons in front of the TV, grip or no. And if I want to watch TV while Link explores or Sonic & company collect things, it's still darn easy to do.

I can't speak for others, of course, but the hardware is holding up well with no blemishes or damage- and that's with several quick play sessions daily, in and out of pocket, detaching and reattaching Joycons.

Update, June 1 2018: Still having fun with this. Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8, etc. are nice, but so is the indie scene. The e-shop is "basic" to be extraordinarily kind about the interface, and the vast majority of improvements from system updates have been under the hood and not consumer-facing, but I'm happy we'll be seeing cloud save backups soon. The Switch still looks new, and I play it both in and out of the dock daily. It has no carrying case, just the screen protector, and I take the Joycons off it and put them in another pocket of my pants or bag when taking it out and about. Battery life is still as stong as it ever was. (Read above- not saying it's long battery life, but no worse than it was when new.) I still love my 3DS, but even aside from one of my 3DS's buttons being broken, I don't feel the urge to play it as much anymore, with this thing around. To quote somebody else, "As a console, the hardware can't match the competition, but as a handheld, it is basically god."
BUY IT

5.0 out of 5.0 by Damian Lott on November 15, 2017
Anyone wondering whether to buy a switch or not just do it. If you want to game anywhere this is for you. It endlessly satisfying when you are playing a game dock on your tv\monitor and then you un dock and continue in kitchen, laying in bed, ext. Or to when you are playing mobile and you get home and just simply dock it and you are immediately back in your game right where you left off. It is a smooth process to dock or un dock.
Battery Life
The battery life surprised me. It is longer than I expected and the sleep mode life is crazy good. I was able to put it in sleep at about 70% and came back too it several days later and it was only down to maybe 60%. Not to mention you can dock and keep playing while it charges. The joy cons battery life is practically not a topic because I have yet to have them die. They last for ever and charge when they are connected to console.
Game catalog
Some people think there is not enough games. But really it is just that there is not a lot of big AAA titles, COD, and Assassins Creed, or some Hyper realistic racing game. There is actually a decent amount of small indie games and some games that are on other consoles that go well on the switch for on the go gaming. And they are adding games constantly and I think this time next year the switch will be a tough contender in the console world with the game line up if they keep doing what they are doing. If they port all the good games from the WiiPoo then the game line up would be crazy good. But IDK if they will do that.
Those are the big points I felt were important to discuss. Only complaint is accessories are expensive and trying to buy third party products can be a challenge because I have bought several they don't work.
Perfect

5.0 out of 5.0 by Heather on September 3, 2017
Perfect! I am absolutely in love with this device. I could not find it in any store so when I saw it in here I had to have it.
It is a very pretty device. I have only used it in handheld mode so I do not know how well it does on a TV.
It came with the tablet, which was a bit smaller than I was expecting but that is fine with me because I have small hands. The charging/TV dock is nicely made, it is a little difficult to insert the tablet correctly at first, but with some practice it's fine. The audio and graphics are beautiful. The touch screen and all The buttons are responsive. The controllers are nice, they feel better in my hands than I expected. The battery life is decent, not amazing but not too bad.
The biggest problem I have found is the piece you slide on top of the controllers in order to use them as individual controllers with hand straps. It is VERY easy to insert them on the wrong controller or too far down on the right controller! Be very careful when using those. I thought I was never going to get it off of my controller without breaking it when it slid too far down.
I will insert a picture of the straps correctly placed on the controllers.
As far as gameplay, I have Zelda:BotW and a few demos. It plays everything beautifully. I would also HIGHLY recommend BotW!
Fantastic, lucky I was able to get one!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Ted Gleason on July 12, 2017
I absolutely love the Nintendo Switch. The ability to play my games on both the TV and on the go is something I didn't ever really think was possible. The system design cleverly blends a table with conventional gaming controls that several others have tried, and failed, to do before (Nvidia Shiled Tablet comes to mind). It is easy and very satisfying to "unclick" the controllers from the sides of the tablet portion for use as either individual controllers, or to dock them into the included grip for use as a more conventional controller. Although the controllers are on the smaller side, I have not experienced any discomfort with extended, hours-long play sessions so far. The buttons are easy to differentiate and I did not find myself pressing more than one at a time, etc. Nintendo does make a pro controller for those who want something different, so your mileage may vary.

The tablet itself easily slides into the included docking station and within seconds is displaying game information on the TV. The included HDMI cable (still not a standard inclusion for all media devices these days) is a good length so I was able to connect to the TV with no problems. The included power/USB-C cord was likewise a good length so I didn't have to compromise on where I stationed the dock. Battery life has been about as expected for a tablet pushing out such high-quality games, and I have not had issues with running out of power, especially since you can charge via USB-C which I use for my phone as well.

I have had a great time playing Switch so far (Zelda being one of the absolute best games I have played in years), and am really looking forward to many of the games on the horizon, as well as the forthcoming online system and classic game system. I look forward to what Nintendo has to offer, and am thrilled with what I've got so far!
Amazing console. It became my main gaming machine.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Axel on January 13, 2018
Amazing portable console. I have a powerful gaming PC and this thing stole my whole attention and became my main game machine.

The battery is good for playing Zelda or Mario Kart or Doom for about 3 hours but you can charge it with lots of power banks.

It's pretty solid but you need to buy a screen protector to prevent all the scratches. The joycon are not huge but work quite good for single player games, for multiplayer are a little small.

It has tons of amazing games, Zelda and Mario, Doom, Skyrim, and lots of great games are on the way. Being portable I take it to the laundry and the car wash and play during those waiting times. At home it looks great at my 27" monitor.

It has an excellent boot time, you just press the home button and it's on. You can leave your game in the middle of the action and continue from it, no loading times when you wake the Switch on.

Simply an amazing console that you can take on the go. I can't recommend it just enough.
Proud To Be A Kid Again

5.0 out of 5.0 by Austin Birrell on November 16, 2017
I grew up on Nintendo. Super, 64 (my personal fave), cube, DS, Wii and now the Switch. Honestly, I didn’t know much about the Switch and the other day I was reading about it and the success that Nintendo was having off of it. I remember when I first saw it I thought it seemed weird and like another Wii U. Looked odd, not for me. But I thought, what the heck it’s getting rave reviews and so are the new games. I found one labeled as “good” from amazon warehouse and decided that was good enough for me. If it’s scratched with a beat up box like the description said, I’ll just return it and buy a new one.

It came today. I got out the knife and started cutting away at the Amazon Prime tape. I slowly opened the flaps expecting to see a mangled card board box and a Nintendo Switch that had seen better days. First I saw the box. Not a dent, ding, scratch. Must be a good sign I thought. Pulled it out and opened it up. The smell of the China and whatever factory this came from filled my nose. Everything was wrapped in the original plastic. Heck, the Switch still had the plastic on the screen that I had the satisfying pleasure of peeling off. Brand new. Sweet, I got a killer deal on this and it’s brand new.

Alright we’ll about the Switch. This thing is really well made. It looks cheap from pictures but the plastics feel good and the controllers feel solid. It’s pretty comfortable when you slide the two things in the controller mount. It every came with and HDMI cord which I did not expect (take note Apple TV).

**it took all of 2 seconds to get everything wireless connected. Not like the Wii where you are hitting that tiny red button and every other button at the same time along with saying a prayer that it’ll connect**

The menu and software is neat and clean. The device is small but comfortable in your hand. When you dock it, it takes up hardly any space. The games look great in the tv, as well as, the Switch itself. If you’re concerned about the battery life, good thing we all are accustomed to having 20 portable chragesbanyway. Shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, at least you can take it along unlike the Xbox or play station. You’ll find you’re pulling this thing in and out if the dock more than you’d think. Might not mind the wait at the DMV anymore!

All in all, Nintendo really did do a great job. If you’re on the fence just take the plunge like I did. You’ll be thrilled you did. This think it’s like a mature Wii and DS in one. Nintendo really did a phenomenal job. My buddy just got an Xbox One X, but he’s already getting googely eyes on my Switch. If you wanna embrace your childhood again but not feel like a weenie about it, get the Switch! It’s a great product that is only getting better and everyone thinks it’s cool.